YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- Rescue workers failed on Tuesday to find 14 people missing in a helicopter crash that killed the No. 4 general in Myanmar's ruling military junta -- the worst tragedy to befall the junta in its 12 years in power.
Twenty-nine people were aboard the helicopter when it went down Monday in a river 100 miles southeast of Yangon, the capital. In addition to the 14 still missing, 13 were known to have survived and two, army chief of staff Lt. Gen. Tin Oo and Maj. Aung Phone Naing, were confirmed dead.
The search effort is difficult because the river is flowing so rapidly, a government official said on condition of anonymity.
Official newspapers reported that the Russian-made Mi-17 helicopter crashed into the Salween River in bad weather Monday near Pa-an in Karen State. The helicopter was carrying Tin Oo to inspect a new bridge.
Tin Oo, 67, was an opponent of rebel groups fighting for independence in Myanmar and had survived an assassination attempt four years ago. There was no indication that the helicopter that crashed had been attacked or sabotaged.
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